Mental wellbeing describes your mental state– how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing is dynamic and can change from moment to moment, day to day and year to year.
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
· Feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
· Feel and express a range of emotions
· Build and maintain good relationships with others
· Feel engaged in the world around you
· Live and work productively
· Cope with the stresses of daily life
· Adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty
Think about what is affecting your wellbeing, we’re all different but we all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.
Building positive relationships and connecting with others can help us to feel a greater sense of belonging and help challenge feelings of loneliness.
· Make time for the people you love, keeping in regular contact with friends and family can strengthen your relationships
· Join a group, find a local activity which you enjoy and meet others with a shared interest
· Talk about the way you feel, opening up to a trusted family member or friend can help you feel listened to and supported
· Try mindfulness, being present can help you to become more aware of and manage your thoughts, feeling and surroundings. It can help you to enjoy life more and accept the world around you, see the bemindful website for more information: http://bemindful.co.uk/
· Look after your physical health too, our mental and physical health are closely linked. Taking up sport or exercise can help you feel better in lots of ways.
· Sleeping too little or too much can also impact on how you feel